Latest Asylum seekers News

Arizona governor says state will keep welcoming refugees

Dec. 6, 2019 8:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told President Donald Trump's administration Friday the state will continue its tradition of welcoming refugees, cheering resettlement agencies that have lobbied the state and local governments to keep opening their arms to people fleeing war and other horrific...

Lawsuit challenges speedy reviews of asylum claims

Dec. 6, 2019 7:40 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new effort to speed up initial reviews of asylum claims to within three days denies asylum-seekers rights to consult attorneys, according to the latest legal challenge to the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies and practices. The federal lawsuit filed in Washington,...

Asylum-seekers who crossed in Arizona returned to Mexico

Dec. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government said Friday it had sent nine Venezuelans — including two families — back to Mexico after they tried to make an asylum claim by driving up to a customs officer instead of lingering south of the border on a list waiting to be called up under a Trump...

Asylum seekers jam US border crossings to evade Trump policy

Dec. 3, 2019 7:04 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — For months, asylum seekers have been prohibited from filing their claims at U.S. border crossings under a much-criticized Trump administration policy. Now some are sprinting down vehicle lanes or renting cars to try to make it inside the U.S. The migrants’ efforts are causing traffic...

Tougher US asylum policy follows in Europe's footsteps

Nov. 24, 2019 7:21 AM EST

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Nkeze wasn’t home when Cameroonian militants came knocking, probably to deliver their signature ultimatum to join their separatist movement or have his writing arm cut off. The 24-year-old economics student escaped to Douala, the country’s largest city, only to learn...

China says self-confessed spy defector is fraudster

Nov. 24, 2019 2:55 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — China denied the explosive claims of a self-confessed spy seeking asylum in Australia, saying Sunday he is a convicted fraudster wanted by Shanghai police. The Nine Network newspapers reported that Chinese defector Wang “William” Liqiang has given Australia’s...

Asylum-seekers in Arizona are forced to wait in Mexico

Nov. 22, 2019 10:22 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Asylum-seekers who crossed the border in Arizona were bused to Texas Friday to be sent back to Mexico to wait for their hearings to wind through U.S. immigration courts, extending the practice across the entire border, a U.S. official said. U.S. authorities plan to run one bus a day from...

1st Honduran returned to Guatemala under US asylum accord

Nov. 21, 2019 4:15 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The United States has begun carrying out a landmark policy shift on asylum that’s a top priority of President Donald Trump, returning a Honduran immigrant to Guatemala to pursue his asylum case. Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the Honduran man had reached...

After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

Ruling backs asylum seekers at border prior to policy shift

Nov. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a partial ban on asylum does not apply to anyone who appeared at an official U.S. border crossing before the policy was announced in July, a decision that may affect thousands of people. The Trump administration announced July 16 that it would deny asylum...